Aug 24, 2012 8:18pm
Ripping with VLC
Here's how to rip a movie from a DVD using the program that you may already be using to watch videos: VLC.
I find that it is easiest to use the Wizard, which is only available in older versions of VLC, one of which can be downloaded here (by downloading the .zip file instead of the .exe file, you can preserve whatever version of VLC you are already using):http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/0.8.6i/win32/
Select menu item
File / Open Disk...
and click the OK button.
Work your way through the DVD menu-system to the movie or show that you want to rip.
After the video has starting playing, select the menu item
Navigation / Title
and write the title-number on a scrap of paper.
If you want to rip only the current chapter that is playing, select the menu item
Navigation / Chapter
and note the chapter.
Click on the Stop button; again select menu item
File / Open Disk...
but this time select "DVD", not "DVD (menus)", and fill in the "Title" field (and the "Chapter" field if you want to rip only one chapter).
Click the OK button to start the video playing, and then hit the stop button.
Now use menu item
File / Wizard
and select "Transcode/Save to File"; then click "Next".
Select "Existing playlist item".
If you want to skip, say, 22 seconds at the beginning of the video, select "Enable" under "Partial Extract" and put 22 in the "From" field.
You are now at the "Transcode" dialog. Since you want to copy the video, not transcode, leave both "Transcode video" and "Transcode audio" unchecked.
For the "Encapsulation format" select "MPEG TS". ("MPEG PS" should also work.)
Click the "Choose" button to select a folder where you want to save the file, and type in a filename with the extension ".mpg" or ".mpeg".
One reason that we wanted to copy the video without transcoding is that VLC would have done a 1-pass, constant bitrate transcoding. The only way to transcode, if size and quality matter, is to do a 2-pass, variable bitrate transcoding.